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Poster: conv Date: Aug 22, 2005 11:13am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: r.i.p Bob Moog

Bob was the constructor/designer/engineer of the first modular synthesizer in 1967 (well, possibly the first synthesizer with voltage control was made by the Canadian engineer Hugh Le Caine around 1945-1948, a keyboard intrument called "sackbut" with oscillators, amplifiers and filters, but there's not much info about it); it was the equivalent of a complete electronic studio of that time (exactly as the Studio di Fonologia di Milan in 1960), but just in one compact instrument with the addition of a keyboard and with voltage control. this was very important in that time, because due that voltage control any combination between modules (the parts of the synthesizer) it was possible. that means that some modules can control to other modules, so, it's an automatic, "mechanic" process, not possible until that machine. Until then, most of the electronic processes were made manually in separate modules, so this was a big step and the basic structure for the development of the synthesizers in the next years/decades by others engineers/companies (i'm talking of sustractive synthesis, possibly the most used in the last 40 years). Nowaddays, a lot of people still uses synthesizers (hardware/software) with similar structures and/or variations of those moogs, specially of his "baby": the minimoog, introduced in 1971, the first portable synthesizer, the first "popular" synthetizer.
So, he's the father of the synthesizer as we know it. All the people involved in electronic music has used some time a synthesizer and sounds made with sustractive synthesis. Bob made possible two things that changed the music: to made a musical instrument as a complete electronic studio and to made it portable, so, popular, a bit later.


This post was modified by conv on 2005-08-22 18:08:13

This post was modified by conv on 2005-08-22 18:13:17